It is appointed that my Lady of Norfolk, with certain ladies awaiting upon her, at the naming of my lord treasurer, be at Amesbury upon Monday the 25th day of October, there and then to meet and receive said princess after the manor following, that is to say my lord treasurer accompanied with the Bishops of Bath and Hereford, the abbots of Abingdon and Reading, my lord Dacre of the south, my lord Zouche, Sir Robert Poyntz, Sir Wm. Sandes, Sir John Seymor, Sir Christopher Wroughton, Sir John Brereton and Sir John Chok to meet her two or three miles before she comes to Amesbury.
And the said Duchess of Norfolk to receive her after offering in some convenient place betwixt that and her lodging; at which time WilliamHollybrand which shall await upon her, shall is the Spanish song, in the name of the said duchess, welcome the said princess with such words as be delivered to him in writing. And that the said duchess have warning thereof, and the said Hollybrand, by my lord chamberlain.
That there be a chair ready at Amesbury the same time for the said princess to put her in the next day, or at any other time when it shall please her”
The Wednesday next following (3rd November), she shall dislodge from Amesbury and draw towards Andover and their lodge in the inn of Thaungell.
The end of the religious house
The call came on 29 March 1539 when the King’s Commissioners arrived at the priory seeking its surrender. John Tregonwell, William Petre and John Smyth failed in their bid, the abbess Florence Bonnewe declaring that she would only go if the king commanded her to leave her house.
In Augustthatyear other commissioners called; they were more successful in their bid, and Florence Bonnewe resigned. It was not until 4 December next that Joan Darrell finally surrendered the priory.
The last recorded royal event of the period was the visit of Catherine of Aragon in 1501 during her six month journey from her home in central Spain to London to marry Prince Arthur.
This suggests that the status of Amesbury’s priory was still sufficient for at least one night’s stay as opposed to the three days at Shaftesbury Abbey. The following night she stayed at The Angel Inn in Andover.
The following instructions were issued for her reception:
“To be lodged on Saturday 30 Oct. at Shaftesbury Abbey that night and the next day following which shall be the Sunday, and Monday all day which shall be All Hallows Day. Two or three miles before she comes to Shaftesbury to be met with Sir Morys Barowe, John Mompesson, Thomas Long, John York and others to convey he to Amesbury, and there depart.
The Tuesday next ensuing which shall be the 2nd of the month (2nd November), the said princess accompanied by Sir Morys Barowe shall dislodge from Shaftesbury and draw towards Amesbury, and there lodge the next night in the abbey.